This edition of Five Questions & Quick Hitters is with Brady Peterson. Brady writes for Prep Girls Hoops Wisconsin, as well as working as one of their regional scouts. Thanks for your time Brady!
1) When did you get started with Prep Girls Hoops in Wisconsin, and what drew you to covering Girls basketball in general?
PGH picked me up in June 2021. At the time, my last college final was a month beforehand, and I wasn't 100% sure what my next step would be. I've loved basketball since I was a kid, and when the opportunity arose to watch and write about basketball as a job, there was no way I was turning it down. I never really considered the girl's game before I graduated. I knew there was a lot of talent because I saw Rhyne Howard play at Kentucky and had heard of some kids in Wisconsin before I started, like Lexi Donarski and Arike Ogunbowale. I'd say it was more of a natural draw to writing about basketball than it being girl's basketball.
2) You continue to expand your role, now doing a lot more regional scouting in addition to Wisconsin, and even creating your own Podcast, The Next Step Podcast. Have you given any consideration to expanding your opportunities even further within Prep Girls Hoops if the opportunity should arise?
The more I got around the midwest over the summer I got in touch with some great people. I love doing what I do and wouldn't be opposed to doing more if that opportunity arose.
3) What originally got you into sports writing, and when did you know it would be something you'd like to pursue?
Back in like 2019, my roommate in college started writing for Diamond Digest, and he wrote about the Cincinnati Reds. I thought it was interesting, and a short while later, I was part of starting an NBA site with a couple of guys and got it up and running in February 2020. Unfortunately, the pandemic hit, and everything slowed down with it, but it helped me figure out that it was something I'd love to do.
4) What are some of the things you enjoy seeing the most in being someone covering the girls game?
I like how connected most of the kids are. Some kids dislike each other for competitive reasons, but it feels like everyone's invested in everyone's journey. When kids commit in Wisconsin, it feels like everyone is congratulating them. It's a small thing, but at the end of the day, it feels like a large extended family, and that's pretty cool.
5) What do you do when you're away from the court and what are some of your other interests?
I'm aggressively bland. Usually, I'm hanging out with family or friends, watching some sport or docuseries, or playing Rocket League with friends from back in Kentucky.
1) Hometown: Waukesha, WI
2) Favorite High School gym to cover game from: Appleton East
3) Favorite event venue you've evaluated from: Iowa West Fieldhouse
4) Favorite female athlete: Monica Puig
5) Food, snack, drink choice that gets you through long days of evals: H2O
6) Where is your next coverage: TBD
7) What do you listen to on long drives getting to events: The 1975
8) What do you lose most often in hotels or leave behind at games/events: Water Bottles
9) Favorite WNBA player: Rhyne Howard
10 )Biggest skill you look for in a player (can't be shooting/scoring): Defensive versatility